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March 10, 1998

Maryland Terrapins (0-2, 0-2 ACC)vs. Syracuse Orangemen (0-0)
Saturday, March 14, 1998, 1 p.m.
Ludwig Field

TERPS OPEN 1998 HOME CAMPAIGN HOSTING SYRACUSE: Maryland opens its 1998 home campaign on Saturday, hosting the Syracuse Orangemen at 1 p.m. at Ludwig Field. It marks Syracuse's first match of the season. The Terps enter Saturday's contest with an 0-2 record after losing their opening weekend matches againt Duke (10-6) and North Carolina (10-9).

SIX PACK: Following Saturday's match against Syracuse, Maryland remains home for its next six matches. In this time, Maryland will play host to Virginia, Harvard, Dartmouth, Old Dominion, Vanderbilt and NCAA Final Fourr participant Temple, respectively.

THE LAST TIME THE TERPS...Lost back-to-back to open a season was in 1989 when the they dropped a 12-11 decision to Delaware and a 9-7 decision to Temple. It marked the first time in Maryland head coach Cindy Timchal's career at Maryland that a Timchal-coached Maryland team lost back-to-back matches. The Terps went 1-and-1 in 1993, defeating Delaware, 21-4, and then losing at #3-ranked Virginia, 11-9. The two losses are the most suffered by this year's senior class in its four-year career history.

NOTING THE 'CUSE: Syracuse begins its inaugural season this weekend against Maryland. This season marks the first year of Syracuse women's lacrosse and Maryland becomes the 'Cuse's first opponent in school history.

DUKE RECAP: The Blue Devils opened the first half with two quick goals within the first six minutes, but Maryland answered quickly, getting on the scoreboard a minute and a half later. After another Blue Devil goal, Duke's Tricia Martin scored two goals just ten seconds apart giving Duke a 5-1 lead. The Terrapins answered with two goals of their own, before the Blue Devils ended the half with two goals in the final minute giving them a 7-3 halftime lead. Duke began the second half with another quick goal extending its lead to five, but Maryland struck back with two goals of its own cutting the lead to three. That is as close as the Terrapins would get as Duke goalie, Shannon Chaney, collected 10 of her 12 saves in the second half. Maryland goalie Alex Kahoe had 10 saves. Seniors Noelle Mitchell and Cathy Nelson each scored two goals apiece, while sophomore Kristin Sommar and freshman Meredith Egan each added one.

NORTH CAROLINA RECAP: North Carolina, which never trailed in the game, got the winning goal with 2:04 to play as senior midfielder Sarah Dacey broke a 9-9 tie when she scored off an assist by junior attackwoman Erin McGinnis. McGinnis had been fouled on the previous play and was given a free position shot.

WINNING WAYS: Maryland's seniors enter the 1998 season with a 57-1 record (98.3 winning percentage); its juniors with a 40-1 record (97.6 winning percentage); its sophomores are 21-1 (a 95.5 winning percentage).

The ball to Dacey on the right edge of the crease and Dacey beat Maryland goalkeeper Alex Kahoe for the winning score. The Terps won the ensuing draw control, but the Terrapins turned the ball over with just over a minute to play. Carolina controlled the ball until around the 15-second mark, before turning the ball over to Maryland. The Terps hurried to move the ball upfield but were unsuccessful in getting a shot off before time expired. Freshman Quinn Carney recorded three goals in the losing effort and senior Sascha Newmarch had a game-high four assists.

KAHOE RETURNS AS SINGLE-SEASON SAVES RECORD HOLDER: Sophomore goalie Alex Kahoe enters the 1998 season as Maryland's single-season record holder in saves. The Pennsylvania native recorded 233 saves last year, surpassing the old record of 212 by Denise Wescott during the 1979 season.

THREE FORTY GOAL SCORERS: Maryland seniors Cathy Nelson (43 goals) and Sascha Newmarch (49 goals) joined former Terrapin Sarah Forbes (58) to form the first trio in school history to score at least 40 goals each in a single season.

TERPS TENACIOUS DEFENSE: Maryland's defense will look to continue its tough, tenacious defense from last season. The Terps held their opponents to less than 6.0 goals per game.

TERPS VS. RANKED TEAMS: Maryland was 14-1 vs. ranked teams last season and defeated seven straight ranked opponents to end the year. The Terps defeated 31 of their last 32 opponents which have been ranked within the IWLCA/Brine Top-15, and are 56-1 as the nation's No. 1-ranked team in the last three seasons.

DID YOU KNOW......Maryland has won at least 10 games in 21 consecutive seasons, a Division I women's lacrosse record....Maryland is the only team in NCAA Division I women's lacrosse history to win three consecutive national championships....Maryland's six national championships are the most by any school....The Terps have had at least one All-American every year since 1980.

IWLCA Poll (March 9, 1998):

1.  North Carolina  2-0
2.  Temple      	0-0
3.  Virginia        0-0
4.  Duke        	2-0
5.  MARYLAND    	0-2
6.  Loyola      	0-0
7.  Princeton       0-0
8.  Penn State      2-0
9.  James Madison   0-0
10. Georgetown      2-0
11. William & Mary  0-0
12. Dartmouth       0-0
13. Brown       	0-0
14. Yale            0-0
15. Delaware        0-0

1998 Maryland Schedule

Overall Record:  0-2ACC
Record:  0-2Ranked No. 5
Head Coach:  Cindy Timchal
Assistant Coaches:  Gary Gait, Dana Gwaltney, Erin Brown

3/6 at Duke*            L, 10-6
3/8 at North Carolina*  L, 10-9
3/14    SYRACUSE        1 p.m.
3/18    VIRGINIA*       3 p.m.
3/22    HARVARD         1 p.m.
3/25    DARTMOUTH       3 p.m.
3/28    OLD DOMINION    1 p.m.
3/30    VANDERBILT      3 p.m.
3/31    TEMPLE          3 p.m.
4/4 at James Madison    2 p.m.
4/8 at Towson           4 p.m.
4/11    at Brown        Noon
4/15    GEORGETOWN      7 p.m.
4/18-19 at ACC Tourney  TBA
4/23    at William & Mary   4 p.m.
4/25    PENN STATE      7 p.m.
4/29    at Princeton    7:30 p.m.
5/3 at Loyola           1 p.m.
5/6 NCAA First Round    TBA
5/9 NCAA Second Round   TBA
5/15-17 NCAA Final Four TBA
All home games in CAPS*ACC Match
ACC Tournament - Charlottesville, Va.

All-Time Program Record:  306-78-3 (79.7 winning percentage)
Three-Time National Champions
Enters  the Syaracuse match  today   sporting a 109-10 record which dates back to the 1991 season.
Series record againt Syracuse:   0-0